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2006 Wharton West Entrepreneurship Panel

[Sold Out! Due to over-demand, the wait list is now closed and no day of registrations will be taken. We apologize to those who were unable to get a seat.]

"Innovation and The Next Big Thing"

We are bringing together a panel of successful venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and academics to talk about the latest technological trends as well as emerging markets and The Next Big Thing for entrepreneurs. To kickoff the event, Randy Komisar from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers will be delivering the keynote interview on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Keynote Speaker
- Randy Komisar, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers (Author of "The Monk and the Riddle")
- Interviewer: Leonard Lodish, Professor of Entrepreneurial Marketing and Vice Dean, Wharton Business School

Panel Speakers
- Satish Dharmaraj, Founder & CEO, Zimbra
- Leonard Lodish, Professor of Entrepreneurial Marketing and Vice Dean, Wharton Business School
- Jay Penske, Founder and CEO, VSI
- Tim Weingarten, Partner, Worldview Technology Partners
- Panel Moderator: Jack Fuchs, Consulting Entrepreneur, Haas Business School

Register Online/Wait List
Registration will close at 3pm on Wednesday, May 10th.

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6:30pm
Location: Wharton West
4th Floor, 101 Howard Steet, San Francisco, CA 94105
Registration Fee: $10 for current WCNC members.

Program Details:
6:30pm - 7:00pm Reception with light snacks and beverages
7:00pm - 7:50pm Keynote Interview -- "Entrepreneurship and Innovation"
7:50pm - 9:15pm Panel Session -- "The Next Big Thing"

A special thanks to Khai Chia (WG07) and Thiru Arunachalam (WG07), Co-chairs of the 2006 Wharton West Entrepreneurship Panel, for their work in organizing this event!

Satish Dharmaraj, Founder & CEO, Zimbra
Prior to founding Zimbra, Satish was VP of the Messaging Product Division at Openwave Systems, responsible for the email, unified messaging, voicemail, and instant messaging product lines. Satish managed the engineering and product management teams which had over 200 people and a $45 million budget. While at Openwave, Satish's division deployed 180 million mailboxes worldwide with the largest deployments being 20 million mailboxes at JPhone and KDDI in Japan. Satish previously was part of the founding team at the unified messaging company Onebox, where he led engineering and network operations, and was instrumental in the sale of Onebox to Phone.com for $850 million. Prior to Onebox, Satish was at Sun Microsystems' JavaSoft Division where he was responsible for the conception, design and implementation of Java Server Pages (JSPs); in addition, he led the team that designed and implemented the Java Servlet API. Satish previously held several positions at IBM and Transarc Corporations. Satish has BS and MS degrees in Computer Sciences and an executive management degree from Harvard Business School.

Jack Fuchs, Consulting Entrepreneur, Haas Business School
Jack is a consulting entrepreneur for investment and operating companies and Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Haas Business School. Previously, Jack was VP of Sales and Business Development at SOMA Networks, leading its global strategic accounts, marketing and partnerships. Prior to joining SOMA Networks, Jack was the Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Marketing at IPWireless, Inc, leading all commercial activities. Previously in his career, Jack served seven years as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he drove PCS entry and last-mile solutions for wireless clients. He has also held general management, marketing and strategic leadership roles with Becton Dickinson, a $4 Billion medical technology equipment company. Jack graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences and was graduated from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Randy Komisar, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior, Randy partnered with entrepreneurs creating businesses with leading-edge technologies.

He was a co-founder of Claris Corporation, served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a "virtual CEO" for such companies as WebTV, Mirra and GlobalGiving. He was a founding director of TiVo where he is currently chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Earlier, Randy served as CFO of GO Corporation and Senior Counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in Technology Law.

Randy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a Consulting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as several articles on leadership and entrepreneurship. Randy frequently speaks here and abroad on such topics.

Leonard Lodish, Professor of Entrepreneurial Marketing and Vice Dean, Wharton Business School
Wharton West Vice Dean Leonard Lodish is the Samuel R. Harrell Professor and leader of Wharton's Global Consulting Practicum. Professor Lodish is internationally known for creating numerous marketing decision support systems as well as his research on marketing experimentation, entrepreneurial marketing, expert systems in marketing, and promotion and advertising decision support. He consults extensively with corporations around the world, including Procter & Gamble, ConAgra and Merck, assisting them with marketing strategy and advertising and promotion decision support, among other issues.

Professor Lodish's primary research and consulting areas are in entrepreneurial marketing, strategic and tactical marketing resource planning, marketing decision support systems, and applications in firm/marketing strategy, sales force, advertising, and promotion planning. In 1987 he led a team that won the Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Practical Achievement from the Institute of Management Sciences for a sales force sizing and deployment model responsible for a sales increase of $25 million annually at Syntex Laboratories.

A prolific scholar, Professor Lodish is the author of more than 50 articles, is active as an editor in leading marketing and management science journals, and is the author of two books, The Advertising and Promotion Challenge: Vaguely Right or Precisely Wrong, published by Oxford University Press, and Entrepreneurial Marketing: Lessons from Wharton's Pioneering MBA Course, published by John Wiley.

Professor Lodish received his PhD in Marketing and Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and his A.B. in Mathematics from Kenyon College.

Jay Penske, Founder and CEO, VSI
Jay Penske is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Los Angeles based VSI. Under his leadership the company has become one of the foremost interactive media and technology companies, now supporting over 200 affinity clients. Additionally, Mr. Penske was a Founder and Chairman of another leading technology company Firefly Mobile, Inc, the first cell phone for kids. Jay co-authored the initial Firefly business plan and led the company as its Chairman, while recruiting and hiring its distinguished executive management team. Firefly is a Chicago-based innovative wireless company that engages in the development and patenting of revolutionary youth targeted products and services-winning top awards at CES and CTIA.

Before founding VSI and Firefly, Jay was a three-year Principal and Director of the San Francisco-based Strategic Alliances, an early-stage Venture Capital fund. At Strategic Alliances, he specialized in valuation, business development, restructuring, and providing direct hands-on management for technology growth companies. Jay is also the Founder and owner of Dragon Books, Ltd., an antiquarian bookseller, which trades and sells rare and first-edition books www.DragonBooks.com.

Mr. Penske also assists charitable trust organizations, the Quill Foundation, the New York Public Library and other literacy causes. Mr. Penske received his Bachelors of Science from the Wharton School with concentrations in Finance and Management / Information Systems. At the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Penske was honored as a finalist for the school's highest academic achievement, the Award for Academic Leadership and Excellence. Jay has served as an Advisor or Director to the following boards: The Wharton Entrepreneurial School; Firefly Mobile, Inc.; Velocity Services, Inc.; Penske Corporation; and P&C Media.

Tim Weingarten, General Partner, Worldview Technology Partners
Tim joined Worldview in February 2000 and brings significant investment experience and market knowledge in the Internet infrastructure, wireless, and communications sectors to Worldview. Tim's current focus is on building early stage companies in the fields of wireless/cell phone applications, consumer digital media, Internet applications and infrastructure and broadband-enabled applications. In addition, Tim's most recent investments have been centered on the convergence of pervasive 3G and the cell phone as a compute platform. He helps shape Worldview's investment strategy in these areas and provides critical board level experience and support to Worldview's portfolio companies in these markets.

Tim is a Board member of Avvenu Inc., Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI), Force10 Networks, Ooma Inc., Movaz Networks, Visage Mobile and Zoove Inc.

Tim joined Worldview from Robertson, Stephens and Company where he worked in the Telecom Equipment research group. Tim led Robertson's research effort into the architecture and build-out of next-generation service provider networks and enterprise datacenters.

Tim holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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